The New SAT Won’t Work
Tomorrow morning, hundreds of thousands of high school students will anxiously make their way to testing centers across the country for the first offering of the “new” SAT—the latest version of the iconic, 90 year-old college entrance exam.
The College Board has set high expectations for the new test, which is supposed to track high school curricula more closely by scrapping sophisticated vocabulary, focusing more heavily on reading, and dispensing with difficult math puzzles. In his 2014 speech announcing the changes, and in a subsequent public relations campaign, College Board President David Coleman presented the reforms as a social justice cause. The new SAT would be less convoluted, more difficult for rich kids to cram for with expensive tutors, and level the playing field for minorities and low-income students. Coleman even brought the historian Robert Caro on the stage to read a passage from his book about Lyndon Johnson’s anti-poverty efforts—a not-so-subtle suggestion that changing the SAT would similarly expand opportunity for those at the bottom of the ladder.
Ctrl+F in the article “Common Core” yields no results. Of course, we know that Bully Gates hired Coleman to develop ‘Core, and then Coleman made the lateral move to the College Board in order to rewrite the SAT around ‘Core in order to “prove” that ‘Core is a success. That’s why the new SAT will work.
When I see, hear or read “social justice,” I presume that some billionaire wants more money or power or wants to stroke his ego.